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Sunday, October 30 2016
When The LORD's Temple Was Decorated For Halloween
"So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about"
When construction of the LORD's Temple in Jerusalem was completed by King Solomon, it was a bright, clean place of physical beauty and spiritual purity. On the day that it was completed, it was a time of righteous celebration for the nation (see Solomon's Temple Address).
In reply to Solomon, the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) declared that He would be watching, for all of the good, and for any evil, that would present itself there.
"7:15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. 7:16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
By the time of the fall of the Kingdom of Judah (see Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) to Babylon (see Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon?), the people had made themselves into heathens - and made what had been the LORD's pure and clean Temple into a creepy, evil place of demon worship. It had become, in effect, a place where Satan's Halloween was observed every day of the year with "every form of creeping things" and mockeries of blood and violence.
As recorded by the prophet Ezekiel:
"8:1 And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord GOD fell there upon me. 8:2 Then I beheld, and lo a likeness as the appearance of fire: from the appearance of his loins even downward, fire; and from his loins even upward, as the appearance of brightness, as the colour of amber. 8:3 And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy. 8:4 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain.
Fact Finder: Sun worship was a major part of the religions of Babylon, and then Rome. As stated in verse 16 above, were the Israelites also observers of "sun day"?
This Day In History, October 30
539 BC: Cyrus the Great of Persia (Persia is known today as Iran) entered Babylon and brought the Babylonian empire to an end - exactly as prophesied (see The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia, Israel In History and Prophecy: Babylon and Persia and The Prophet Daniel: The Hand Writing On The Wall).
130: The Roman emperor Hadrian (see A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) founded Antinoopolis, Egypt. He named it after his homosexual lover Antinous who had drowned (or committed suicide) in the Nile River near the site earlier in the year.
1226: Tran Thu Do, patriarch of the Tran clan of Vietnam, forced Ly Hue Tong, the last emperor of the Ly dynasty, to commit suicide.
1270: The Seventh Crusade ended with the Treaty of Barbary (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1340: During the Spanish-Muslim Wars, an army under Alfonso IV of Portugal defeated the Moors under Abu Hamed at the Battle of Salado.
1470: Henry VI of England returned to the throne after Earl of Warwick defeated the Yorkists.
1485: Henry VII of England was crowned.
1536: Denmark adopted Lutheranism as the official state religion.
1697: The Treaty of Ryswick ended the war between France and "the Grand Alliance."
1864: The Peace of Vienna was signed; Denmark ceded Schleswig, Holstein and Lauenburg to Prussia.
1905: Czar Nicholas II issued the "October Manifesto" offering extended suffrage, an elected parliament (Duma) with legislative powers, and guaranteed civil liberties. Nicholas and his entire family were executed in Russia's communist revolution a decade later.
1918: At the end of the First World War (1914-1918), Turkish acceptance of an armistice marked the end of the Ottoman empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1918: The Slovaks agreed to a union with the Czechs under the national name Czechoslovakia.
1922: The fascist Benito Mussolini became Prime Minister of Italy (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).
1938: Orson Welles' radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds caused panic among thousands in the U.S. who misunderstood it be an actual invasion from Mars.
1939: At the start of the Second World War (1939-1945), Hitler's Germany (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) and the Soviet Union agreed on partitioning Poland between them.
1961: The Soviet Union detonated its 50 megaton Tsar Bomba ("Caesar's bomb") hydrogen bomb - the largest explosive device ever detonated.
1970: A monsoon struck Vietnam, causing widespread floods, 300 deaths, 200,000 homeless and a temporary halt to the Vietnam War.
1985: The Space Shuttle Challenger was launched on its last successful mission. It was lost on its next launch.
1990: Engineers digging the Channel Tunnel from both directions connected Britain with the European continent for the first time since the Ice Age when they linked up under the seabed of the English Channel.